Obviously when it comes to style, you want to give your baby the best possible start in life! This little hipster chic fair-isle vest is a must for going out to spoken word at coffeehouses, and gurgling… ironically.
When we shot these photos, Max was still in the cute, mellow, gurgling stage. Now he’s in the less cute screeching-at-the-top-of-his-lungs stage… but luckily you can’t hear high-pitched shrieks through the medium of photography. No chill coffeehouse afternoons with him though, I’ll tell you that!
The Peanut vest knits up really quickly in a DK or worsted weight yarn, and is easy to throw on over anything. Pick a neutral colour pair for an everyday staple that will match with everything, or go crazy with bold colours. We recommend higher-contrast pairs, so that the pattern really ‘pops’.
The Yarn: The Uncommon Thread Merino DK
The Uncommon Thread Merino DK is a lusciously soft and durable yarn that is a pleasure to work with and washes and wears well. This makes it absolutely perfect for baby garments!
We love the edgy and modern colours that Ce creates, and have enjoyed pairing them up! We used the deep marine ‘seascape’ with rich warm ‘golden praline’, and ‘squirrel nutkin’ with ‘beeswax’, a strong yellow. It took some swatching for me to decide on pairings that were just right. For more about The Uncommon Thread yarns, check out our blog post here.
Fair Isle Knitting
Stranded colourwork, also known as Fair Isle knitting, looks complex, but is in fact quite a simple technique. You work with two strands of yarn at once, knitting a few stitches in one colour, then knitting the next few in the other colour. Want to try it? We’ve got an in-depth blog post with tips and techniques to help you begin. Either cast on for the peanut vest, or try the free Clayoquot Toque pattern to get started!
Who are you knitting for?
Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe is our newest baby collection, launched one pattern at a time to maximize the surprise! The Peanut vest is pattern number five of six, so there’s just one more surprise before the complete ebook is launched! This means you have only two more weeks to get the ebook at excellent pre-order price of $14… after all the patterns are launched the price will go up. If you haven’t decided whether this collection is for you, you can check out all but one of the patterns now!
Do you have a friend who is expecting? This collection would make a lovely gift for an expectant knitter, or for a grandma eagerly awaiting little ones! If you use Ravelry, there’s a lovely function where you can send an ebook as a gift.
Other Fair Isle favourites by TCK: